The following are fundraisers, donations and charitable events happening in the Midlands. Email your information about good deeds to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 402-444-1040.
Walk or run: The second annual Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 Run/Walk to Remember will begin at 7:30 a.m. April 27 at Omaha Skutt High School, 3131 S. 156th St. Everyone is welcome to run or walk in the 5K run/walk or one-mile kids fun run to support the mission of Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 and to remember friends, family and all those who have died in traffic-related incidents. Register online at KeepKidsAliveDrive25.org.
Lymphomathon: Nebraska's fourth Lymphomathon 5K walk will be April 27 at Mahoney State Park in Ashland, Neb. The event, hosted by the Lymphoma Research Foundation, will begin at 10 a.m., with sign-in at 9 a.m. at the park pavilion. This is a noncompetitive event that offers individuals and teams an opportunity to walk in honor of those whose lives have been touched by lymphoma. A free barbecue for all attendees will follow.
Proceeds from the walk will benefit Nebraskans through free patient services and research grants. At least one Nebraskan is diagnosed with lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph nodes, every day. You can start a team, join a team, sign up as an individual or make a donation, by visiting lymphomathon.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1037173. Strollers and friendly, leashed pets are welcome. To enter Mahoney State Park, vehicles must display a park permit. Daily permits are available at the park gate for $5.
Going to the dogs: Omaha Dog Park Advocates will have its annual Spring Bark in the Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 27 at Hefflinger Dog Park, 111th Street and West Maple Road. Expect dog games, vendors, animal rescue groups and more. Proceeds will go to dog park improvements and opening more dog parks. Admission is $10 per dog. To volunteer at this event, contact Lynne Newlin at 402-502-5796 or email@example.com.
Eye exams: Online registration is now open for the sixth annual National Service Dog Eye Exam event, which offers free eye exams for service animals during May. The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists and Merial sponsor the event. Registration runs until April 30. Board-certified veterinary ophthalmologists in Omaha and Iowa do the exams in this area. Register your service animal at ACVOeyeexam.org.
To qualify, service animals must be active “working animals” that were certified by a formal training program or organization or currently are enrolled in a formal training program. Once registered online, the owner/agent will receive a registration number and can then contact a participating veterinary ophthalmologist directly to schedule an appointment during May. Appointments are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
Go Big Red: Truck Center Cos. of Omaha recently gave $19,250 to the Bo Pelini Foundation. The Husker coach's foundation supports nonprofits dedicated to fighting cancer and diabetes. Truck Center Cos. donated $250 each time the Huskers scored in the 2012 season, and will do so again in 2013.
Compiled by Sue Story Truax with World-Herald News Service